25 Chips to Christmas….

#11

Pop Art – Thai Coconut Curry Gourmet Popcorn


Pop Art - Thai Coconut Curry

Original Review Here

What are the odds of having a second Thai Curry flavored snack on our Top 25 list of the year?   Probably 36.17 to 1, but low and behold, in walks (or pops) Pop Art with their amazingly authentic popcorn.  We were more than blown away by the very first kernel!  So savory, so fragrant, so flavorful, so foreign, and just a touch spicy.  We love this popcorn!

REVIEW: Pop Art – Thai Coconut Curry Gourmet Popcorn

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Pop Art - Thai Coconut CurryThis popcorn probably, NO, most certainly, deserves a thorough review, but as we tried to formulate the correct descriptive sentences to accurately communicate the amazing deliciousness that is this popcorn, we found ourselves at a loss….plain and simple, this popcorn is delectable and perplexing!

We are not very familiar with Pop Art Gourmet Popcorn other than we have tasted and reviewed their Rosemary Truffle popcorn in the past (which we enjoyed as well).  But, after this Thai Coconut Curry popcorn, we’re thinking that we had better familiarize ourselves with them really quickly!

We checked the database and it looks like we have tried plenty of Thai flavored snacks (which we more often than not – love!), and a few Curry flavored snacks, but never the two together.  Now we know what we have been missing.

This popcorn is so good, and we think that it is also so authentically seasoned.  Truly spot on!  The list of ingredients includes curry powder, lemongrass, coconut milk, curry spices, mustard, lime, turmeric, and more!  And the best part is that we we could actually distinguish a lot of those ingredients, while enjoying tremendously how well they came together!

So savory, so fragrant, so flavorful, so foreign, a little spicy, and so, so, so originally authentic!  It achieves a total food sensation, and somehow makes you feel as if you are really eating curry!

The Thai Curry seasoning blend mingles with the tight, fresh, crispy, toothsome, full bodied popcorn kernels extremely well!  Really good popcorn, combined with great seasoning equals very happy reviewers!

All in all, great lip-smacking popcorn, and we can’t wait to spot some of Pop Art’s other gourmet flavors!

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

Popcorn discovered at TJ Maxx; Oakbrook, Illinois

Pop Art Snacks Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

©©©©©“A” list

REVIEW: Kettle Brand – Red Curry Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Kettle Brand - Red CurryEveryone loves to try new chips!  We love to try new chips! You like to try new chips, right?  Oh, to savor in that unknown possibility that you are about to taste something unlike anything you have ever tasted before, and that new something may just become one of your favorite somethings of all-time!!

So, when we spot a trio of new flavored chips from one of our favorite kettle cooked potato chip brands of all-time, we get excited!  Really excited!  Kettle Brand only recently released the three unique new flavors to their arsenal; and if there is actually supposed to be a cohesive flavor theme among this group, we do not easily see it?!  Maybe they are going for bold flavors??  Not sure, either way, here we go.  First up, we tasted and reviewed the Pepperoncini flavor.  Honestly, we were by far the most excited for these, but ended up only enjoying them well enough.  Next up, are the Red Curry flavor.  Which as you will soon read, we found to be rather impressive and uniquely delicious!  Lastly, stay tuned for our review of the Roasted Garlic flavor coming soon.

A not-so-quick tear into the, industrial strength, always difficult to open,  Kettle Brand Red Curry chip bag delivered an immensely powerful aromatic waft of far away lands that penetrated through the air, and triggered memories of…..HOLD ON A SECOND HERE!!  That scent immediately triggered memories of Kettle Brand’s Spicy Thai flavored chips.  Thai Red Curry?!?  Spicy Red Curry?!?  Spicy Thai Red Curry!!?!  Was Kettle Brand trying to pull one over on us here?!  Were these in fact the same chips only renamed and repackaged?  Thankfully, one quick taste, and we can say without a doubt that they are in fact different than one another (to a certain extent).  We’re not sure what unique ingredients the two flavors share?  Lemongrass?  Ginger perhaps?  We’re sure they share red pepper.  Either way, their potent scents are extremely similar, and based on our overall love for the Spicy Thai, things are looking good for these Red Curry!

These really do taste like red curry.  More like a savory (more authentic? regional?) red curry, than your run of the mill, overly sweetened, and drowned with far too much coconut milk red curry! You know those Americanized versions that grace so many of our Thai-American restaurants everywhere, trying to deliver something more easily acceptable for the masses.  None of that here, wich is not to say that there is no sweetness present with these chips, they do deliver a subtle touch of sweetness.  We really appreciate, and admire, how Kettle Brand has opted against the easy flavor button by not emphasizing the coconut aspect.

So what ingredients do we taste in these Red Curry potato chips?  Similar to their Spicy Thai cousins, the Red Curry flavor is complex, rich and deep with almost a gritty earthiness.  In other words, delicious, and unique.  Delivering a delightful mélange of ingredients, even including a few rare ones (one of which we don’t think we have ever spotted in chips before!).  There’s mustard, lemongrass, and even dried mushroom!  MUSHROOM!!  Did someone say umami!  In fact, that is sort of a good way to describe the overall flavor of these chips.  Somewhere in the mix is a dash of red chile, delivering a subdued, put present burn.  We also tasted notes of ginger, tomato powder, onion and garlic.  In other words, a savory ocean of flavor!

We haven’t tried very many curry flavored chips prior to these, but we can tell you without a doubt that these are easily the best!  Combine this great flavor with Kettle Brand’s potato chips, and we’ve found the best chips that we’ve tried so far this year!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Ordered from Kettle Brand

Kettle Brand Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

©©©©©“A” list

REVIEW: Bret’s – Indian Curry Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Bret's - Indian Curry

Comments:

So far the quality, and flavor diversity, that we have experienced from Bret’s potato chips have been nothing short of notable!  We can only hope that somehow more of their uniquely flavored potato chips (which include flavors such as caramel, some sort of sea or oyster, and even kebab) find their way across that big blue ocean and onto our store shores!

Bret’s potato chips are narrowly rippled, with a medium to medium-thin thickness, a nice grease level, and overall, only ever so lightly salted.  The potato chips themselves are tasty, with plenty of earthy potato essence.

While we may not feel as though Bret’s Indian Curry flavored potato chips are quite as tasty as the Goat Cheese & Espelette Pepper flavored chips of theirs that we tried first, they certainly are not anything to shrug at.  The curry seasoning blend is very complex and uniform, and also very, very savory!  We’re not exactly sure of what all constitutes the curry blend, but we can tell you that it definitely includes a good amount of coriander, cumin, ginger, and turmeric.  The chips are a nice retreat from the traditional, everyday expected flavors like barbeque, cheddar & whatever, and lets say sour cream & onion; but then again we also wouldn’t really want to eat them day in and day out either.

In the end, they are good chips that we probably appreciate more than we truly enjoy.  And we especially love that Bret’s is pushing the chip flavor boundaries, and we can’t wait to taste any of Bret’s other flavors!

These are our thoughts, agree or disagree, make sure to let us know!

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

©©©©©“A” list

REVIEW: President’s Choice World of Flavours – Moraccan Spice Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

President's Choice - World of Flavours Moroccan Spice

Comments:

A little while back we did a chip swap with our friend Dani at The Daily Yum.  We sent her a bag of each of the three ‘Flavor Finalists’ for Lay’s ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest – you can find her opinion of those right here.  In return, we were sent a lovely trio of uniquely flavored potato chips from a local grocery store called President’s Choice.  Apparently, these chips are the President’s Choice, so who are we judge?  Well, we are Chip Review, and that is what we do.

It is obvious that President’s Choice Grocery Stores care about creating, and offering, their lucky clientele unique versions of everyone’s favorite snack foods (aka: chips).  Although we may have felt that the first President’s Choice potato chips we tasted (Canadian Burger) did not quite execute their flavored potato chips very well, that does not appear to be the case with these ones.

At first taste, these Moroccan Spice potato chips seemed very familiar, and almost a bit simple, to our palettes.  Thoughts of barbeque flavored potato chips – tomato, garlic & onion – raced through our minds.  However, once we let the rich notes settle for just a little bit, we began to realize that there was actually quite a bit more to these chips than meets the tongue.  As the flavors developed, more and more characters came to the surface.  Notes of curry, ginger, tumeric, cumin, chile, and cinnamon all appeared, and once combined with the tomato, garlic and onion, everything worked it harmony.

Almost every taster used the adjective “interesting” as they described what they were tasting.  The flavor truly got more and more interesting, and also delicious, as we worked our way through the bag.  The potato chips were wide rippled, and slightly greasy.  Their crunch was medium of the road, and quite tasty.  In the end, we’re not sure if we could eat many of these chips at one time, but the few we could, and would, eat would be tasty!!

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips provided to Chip Review by Dani @ The Daily Yum

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

©©©©©“A” list

REVIEW: Lay’s – Super Chips – Joppie Saus

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Comments:

These “Super Chips” from Lay’s were courtesy of our friends S&A who brought them back to us from the Netherlands.  According to our sources Joppie Sause (sauce) is a creamy condiment best described as a mustard/curry mayo sauce, most often used on top of french fries in the region.

The flavor coating these chips was definitely recognizable as mustard right away – a rather sweet mustard in fact.  And, believe it or not there actually was a richness, or creamy fatty-ness, to the chips that could almost be described as a mayo flavor (minus the wet element).  Onion flavor was very prominent.  However, we did not taste any curry flavor what so ever, and when we checked the back of the bag to see what ingredients could constitute an attempt at adding curry flavor to these chips, the only one was cinnamon…..Never the less, the flavor was liked by all.

The potato chips were narrow rippled, slightly thin, and crunchy.  They reminded us of the standard Ruffles style.

As to whether or not these chips truly are accurately describable as “Super Chips”?  Well…we didn’t find anything extraordinarily amazing about them warranting such a title….

…..maybe the fact that they made it back from the Netherlands in tact and still crunchy?

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

©©©©©“A” list